Spiro has over 30 years of trial and appellate experience specializing in patent and intellectual property litigation. He has an engineering degree from Purdue and a law degree from Indiana University. Spiro has tried both jury and bench patent cases and has handled or been involved in appeals before the Supreme Court, Federal Circuit, and other appellate courts for clients across the country. He has also handled patent cases in District Courts throughout the United States, including Indiana and the Eastern District of Texas. Spiro has successfully handled both hourly, fixed fee and contingent fee litigation. He has an aggressive style and seeks the most efficient and cost effective path to either an amicable settlement or a win on the merits. He has been repeatedly awarded the Indiana "Super Lawyer" designation. Chambers USA cited Spiro as one of the top intellectual property litigators in the United States. He is head of the firm’s Intellectual Property Trial and Litigation Practice Group. Spiro has extensive litigation experience in many different technologies and has direct experience with computers and the writing of software.
Meridian Enterprises Corporation v. Associates National Bank, Visa, MasterCard and Unocal Oil Company
Lead trial counsel in a number of lawsuits over fifteen years enforcing client’s patent relating to computer systems and methods for incentive programs for infringements totaling billions of dollars. Litigation was conducted against numerous Fortune 100 companies, including American Express, British Petroleum, Cabela’s, Chemical Bank, Citibank, Daimler-Chrysler, Exxon, Gulf Oil, JPMorgan Chase, JNR, Inc., MasterCard, Maritz, Shell Oil, C/Base, Ecount, TSYS Prepaid, ITA Group, Wildcard Systems, SHC Direct, etc. Litigation resulted in an industry-wide licensing program.
Terumo v. Cook Inc. and Wilson-Cook
Lead trial counsel. Defended jury trial on behalf of Cook and Wilson-Cook and won finding of no infringements and no liability. Plaintiff Terumo had demanded in excess of $18,000,000 in damages for alleged infringement of nitinol alloy medical guide wire patent.
Meridian v. Carlson Companies, Carlson Marketing Group
E.D. of Missouri. Lead trial counsel. Won jury trial finding willful infringement of patent relating to computer systems and methods for incentive programs.
Obtained judgment in excess of $24,000,000 which included attorneys’ fees award of $1,300,000. Settled on appeal.
Microlog v. Continental Airlines et al
Lead counsel in Eastern District of Texas defending case involving call center software and systems. Case settled on favorable terms.
Datatern v. Sharp Electronics
Lead counsel representing Sharp Electronics in Eastern District of Texas against alleged patent infringement of computer data base system. Case settled with no payment by Sharp.
Johnson & Johnson v. Cook Inc.
Co-lead counsel defending case involving earliest cardiac stent patents. Successfully settled on favorable terms before trial. Other defendants represented by other firms went to trial and lost record judgments in excess of $300,000,000.
IQuest Internet v. Qwest Communications
Co-lead counsel for IQuest demanding in excess of $50,000,000 for trademark infringement. Settled on eve of trial.
CSS v. Maul Technology
Lead trial counsel for Maul. Won bench trial defending Maul where Plaintiff CSS had won interference in Patent Office against Maul Technology and then turned around and sued them for in excess of $15,000,000 on a patent relating to electronic robotic arm controls. Court found no infringement. Handled appeal in Federal Circuit, affirming the decision.
C R Bard v. Cook Pacemaker
Lead trial counsel. Won preliminary injunction hearing and later obtained summary judgment of non-infringement of patents relating to medical implantable catheter valves. Case settled prior to appeal.
Colt Industries v. Christianson
Second chair in case that went to U.S. Supreme Court relating to patents and trade secrets on the U.S. Military M-16 rifle. Won Supreme Court issue 9-0. Case later settled.